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    Affordorable.com

    is a virtual space where Liyana Aris documents her evolving modest personal style, which is based on the art of looking casually stylish while still remaining modest and doing it all on a budget; about 93% of her closet are filled with affordable things. (PS: The remaining 7% has a lot to do with her secret addiction to Adidas shoes and her occasional splurges on discounted high-end bags and clutches, shhh.) [+]
    29.9.16 .



    I don't know if you guys know this but I love Tim Burton. I really, really do.
    Oh, by the way - I'm just gonna say this real casually - I've met him.

    I can't really tell if it is him that I love or his work, but since I never got the opportunity to get to know him, I guess we can all safely assume it's his work. I grew up watching his movies and I still continue to get excited to watch any new movie that he's a part of.
    On that note, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - which Tim Burton directed - is coming out THIS THURSDAY so I'm super stoked to watch it!!!
    (If you can't tell how stoked I am, I don't usually use three exclamation marks in my blog, so that really says something.)





    Coming back to this outfit, the striped pants came back into the style scene a few years ago and people were embracing the trend which is so good, but in all honesty the only reason I was gravitating naturally towards vertically-striped pants is Tim Burton - or to be more precise, there are two reasons: Beetlejuice (which Tim Burton directed) and Jack Skellington (Tim Burton was one of the writers for The Nightmare Before Christmas).

    These black-and-white striped pants are so synonymous with Beetlejuice though, so I was totally feeling like Mrs. Beetlejuice on the day I had these pants + black derby shoes on.

    Note: If you know where I can get an affordable matching blazer to go with these pants, LET ME KNOW ASAP.

    Lending some sweet, girl-power feminine vibes to my whole outfit by wearing this Selena Gomez's 'Revival' tour t-shirt - which, interesting story, is actually Shah's t-shirt and not mine; he's a fan of her songs and my sister is a self-proclaimed "Selenator" so they had gone to her concert together a couple of months ago in Malaysia - and I'm glad he got a t-shirt out of it that perfectly matches my pants!





    PS: Check out my favourite Beetlejuice t-shirt in action in Denim jeans Phase and Sneakers Love!

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    29.9.16 .



    I don't know if you guys know this but I love Tim Burton. I really, really do.
    Oh, by the way - I'm just gonna say this real casually - I've met him.

    I can't really tell if it is him that I love or his work, but since I never got the opportunity to get to know him, I guess we can all safely assume it's his work. I grew up watching his movies and I still continue to get excited to watch any new movie that he's a part of.
    On that note, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - which Tim Burton directed - is coming out THIS THURSDAY so I'm super stoked to watch it!!!
    (If you can't tell how stoked I am, I don't usually use three exclamation marks in my blog, so that really says something.)





    Coming back to this outfit, the striped pants came back into the style scene a few years ago and people were embracing the trend which is so good, but in all honesty the only reason I was gravitating naturally towards vertically-striped pants is Tim Burton - or to be more precise, there are two reasons: Beetlejuice (which Tim Burton directed) and Jack Skellington (Tim Burton was one of the writers for The Nightmare Before Christmas).

    These black-and-white striped pants are so synonymous with Beetlejuice though, so I was totally feeling like Mrs. Beetlejuice on the day I had these pants + black derby shoes on.

    Note: If you know where I can get an affordable matching blazer to go with these pants, LET ME KNOW ASAP.

    Lending some sweet, girl-power feminine vibes to my whole outfit by wearing this Selena Gomez's 'Revival' tour t-shirt - which, interesting story, is actually Shah's t-shirt and not mine; he's a fan of her songs and my sister is a self-proclaimed "Selenator" so they had gone to her concert together a couple of months ago in Malaysia - and I'm glad he got a t-shirt out of it that perfectly matches my pants!





    PS: Check out my favourite Beetlejuice t-shirt in action in Denim jeans Phase and Sneakers Love!

    27.9.16 .



    I finally had the chance to visit China House cafe in Penang - and yes, it took me this long to step foot in there, which is unbelievable because I go to Penang multiple times a year. This place is famous for its decor and charm and its huge selection of cakes, and, well, I'm into cakes, so it's right up my alley.

    We didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked, as we arrived too near dinner time (we had Shah's mom's birthday dinner that night!), but I did allocate some space for a cake and some tea in my tummy - and I brought Lisa Eldridge's Face Paint book for some light reading. It was so hard choosing which cake to have but I settled on lemon poppy seed in the end, with Moroccan mint tea to go with it (weird combo? Perhaps, but I really wanted to try the mint tea).

    Can't wait to go back there for more cakes!
    (And maybe earlier next time too, because it was getting too dark to get good photos.)
















    To see my outfit photo from this day, visit Silver, Glitter & Pop(s) of Colour!

    25.9.16 .


    I went out today wearing this Manchester United sweater by Adidas, which is so comfy but surprisingly didn't even make me feel stuffy, considering I took about 10 minutes walking around in the hot weather (to take these photos in natural light, why else would I be far from the A/C?).

    It then occurred to me that while I am not a wife to a professional athlete, I definitely am a WAG - except I'm a WAG of a hardcore professional football fan. I'm telling you, this exists. I mean, I was never a fan of football until I met Shah!
    Actually, calling me a "fan" is a bit stretching it... I definitely support Manchester United alongside Shah - out of loyalty, no doubt - and I totally understand the lure and love for the team and the sport, but I can't tell you how many times Shah explained to me the concept of "offside" and me totally getting it, only to forget what it is a couple of months later. I guess the memory part of my brain just doesn't feel like it's an information that should be top priority...


    Coming back to this sweater: HOW CUTE IS IT? (We can agree to disagree.) I legit want to live in cosy sweaters like this! It was such a good day to wear it, too; Manchester United has been losing quite a bit, bummer, but they won against Leicester City hours ago and it felt SO GOOD - extra good to see Shah celebrating in extreme happiness.

    It's a good day for my other favourite sports fan, too: my little brother is an Arsenal fan, and he just went back from our place after watching Arsenal beat Chelsea. 

    I had a GREAT Saturday - I hope your Saturday was just as fun and happy <3

    Wearing: Adidas x Manchester United sweater  |  Mitsumaru Emsexcite ripped patched jeans  |  Something Borrowed booties (love their versatility; see the booties + princessy dress & the booties + flare jeans)  |  Natural Beauty Basic oversized clutch

    PS: Hey look, this old post of me wearing a Manchester United Jersey way back, two years ago, when Angel Di Maria just joined, OMG TIME FLIES.

    *Photos taken using iPhone 6s (because I left my camera at home!)

    22.9.16 .


    Lately I've been feeling my glasses a lot more than usual - so much that I don't mind in the least wearing them for my outfit shoots, which is a nice change (unlike back when I really wasn't a fan of glasses). 
    You might be seeing more of them in lieu of contact lens in this space, so I'm reeeaaally hoping you're feeling them, too.

    Other things I've been feeling? Ripped jeans and patched jeans (and rips and patches both in one pair of jeans, of course). 

    I saw these particular patched jeans on a mannequin in H&M and I knew I had to have it. Pairing them with one of my latest Adidas additions, whose motifs feel very kimono-inspired so obvs I'm uhbsessed with 'em, and this oversized duster which is super-thin so it's not that crazy to wear in Malaysia (or perhaps I looked crazy to some, who knows).

    Wearing: Mitsumaru Emsexcite (Shibuya 109) duster (previously worn here)  |  Factorie t-shirt  |  H&M patched jeans  |  Adidas Stan Smith shoes

    On another note, if you're a regular reader, you might know that I've recently changed my blog look, but I have major concerns about the drop in the number of my daily readers; it's pretty significant, so I suspect my blog template isn't SEO-optimized (terribly non-optimized, I'd say), which really isn't great at all! I did notice the codes were a little all over the place after I bought it, so I have to say I'm disappointed, since obviously this template wasn't free (it really was not).

    It's such a frustrating process to change my blog look (I should know, I've done it too many times!) but I might have to consider changing it yet again *crying on the inside*. I'm not aiming to be Chiara or Nicole Warne, but I do put in pieces of my heart and soul into this little space so ideally I would love to reach as many people as I can, and perhaps inspire people positively in any way that I can. 

    All I can say for now is: wish me luck, guys!

    UPDATE: I literally JUST changed my blog template - to a much, much simpler one. I still need to do some tweaking but for now I'm happy with this new look - we'll see how this new one goes. Hoping for the best XO

    20.9.16 .



    It's pretty seldom you'll find me in black head-to-toe; I suppose I've always been earnest about filling my life with bright colours, and just naturally tend to seek out colours on the daily.
    PS: Did you know the walls of each room / space in my house have different colours? But they work, I promise you.
    PPS: Not that black - or white - isn't a colour, but, you know what I mean, doncha?

    Going monochromatically black in an outfit sure has its perks, though; I don't really have to worry about different elements not matching. If I start missing brighter colours, well, easy-peasy, just carry a bright bag around! (Note: Totting a colourful book makes a nice addition, too.)

    Another rare thing to see me in? Silver jewellery, actually. I've always fancied myself as a 'gold gal' but I fell hard for this bohemian silver Labradorite Magic, which is a perfect match for my flowy monochromatic look.



    Wearing: Zara black-grey striped split-sides tunic  |  Black maxi skirt from ran dom shop in Les Halles, Paris  |  Michael Kors Selma in Mandarin Red  |  Aldo glitter sneakers  |  Labradorite Wisdom Light ring from labradoritejewelry.com




    To see the original design of my now-faded henna, head over to my previous hijab with earrings post!

    *Thank you Labradorite Jewelry for sponsoring the ring (and letting me choose my favourite!)

    18.9.16 .


    I kind of thought I wouldn't ever acquire the ease of wearing earrings with hijab - or perhaps it's simply because I never tried. Then again, I haven't seen a pair of earrings that I feel I must have  in so, SO long. 
    That is, until I saw these delicate long ones with triangle ends in Aldo. Now I'm afraid I might just be hooked. 
    (PS: That sounds like a pun, right? If it does,  it's intended.)

    Love this old super-loose jumpsuit, by the way; thinking about replicating it. I wonder if my regular tailor is up for the job...


    16.9.16 .



    Non-fussy for this year's Eid al-Adha, or Hari Raya Haji as we call it here - I didn't even bother to wear contact lens, which is unusual for me. I had on this embroidered and bejewelled abaya dress (that I bought during that luggage-less trip to Shah's hometown, remember that story? *shudders*), an old scarf, and my even-older Pull & Bear two-toned strappy flats.
    I had a great Eid, filled with lots of yummy food and visiting relatives. (PS: I hope all my Muslim readers had a great one this year, too!)



    We got a long previous weekend due to Eid and today is another public holiday, which means we get yet another long weekend! Combined these two long weekends with our first ever three golds in history from the ongoing Rio Paralympics, I have to say, September is turning out to be one heck of an amazing month for Malaysians, isn't it? Today, the 16th of September, is Malaysia Day; the date when Malaysia, as the world knows it now, was officially birthed, so Happy Birthday Malaysia! <3 <3 <3